Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Obama: Community Colleges Can Boost Economy

From CNN, "Obama: Community Colleges Can Help Boost Ailing Economy":

Community colleges are only two-year institutions, but the Obama administration says they could play a key role in helping boost the ailing economy for years to come.

To underscore that contention Tuesday, the president unveiled the American Graduation Initiative, a 10-year, $12 billion plan to invest in community colleges.

During his announcement at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, Obama noted that the economic recession and a changing U.S. economy have reduced the number of automotive industry jobs, a mainstay in Michigan.

The "hard truth is that some of the jobs that have been lost in the auto industry and elsewhere won't be coming back. They are casualties of a changing economy," Obama said, adding that "even before this recession hit, we were faced with an economy that was simply not creating or sustaining enough new, well-paying jobs."
Also, see Dana Pico's related essay at Common Sense Political Thought, "Donald Douglas and the Community College System (with links to my recent essays on blogging and teaching at the two-year college level).


Steve Burri said...

Donald Douglas- a part of Obama's stimulus?

Or maybe it's more like the GM bail out. Put money into the community college system, so Obama can fire anyone he wants, just like GM.

Dave said...

There will be no economic recovery without a major rebound of the private sector in this country.

Obama is currently strangling said private sector to death, right in front of God and everybody (and that includes many of my conservative friends, who have apparently forgotten Economics 101 and 102.

Sorry so many of my fellow conservies apparently believe that government can actually lead us all out of this government-created depression.

Damn, are you all ever in for a major f'ing disappointment.